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Climate News

Covering the latest climate news in Montgomery County, MD

"It should not be a surprise to anyone that Montgomery County is creating the nation’s largest community solar farm that will create energy directed to low- and moderate-income residentsOur Climate Action Plan calls for us to eliminate 100 percent of carbon emission by 2035, and it is projects like solar farms that will help us obtain this goal 
-County Executive Marc Elrich

Monday, December 6, 2021 | Department of Environmental Protection

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MCPS Plans First-Ever Youth Climate Summit in 2022

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is planning to hold its first-ever Youth Climate Summit on March 52022 at the Universities at Shady Grove. The idea for this summit developed after MCPS recognized increased student interest in climate action. The Youth Climate Summit will be a full-day conference designed to educate MCPS students about climate change and equip them with the tools to create climate action projects in their communities. Learn more about the summit here. 

Introducing New County-based Community Solar Project to Benefit Low-and-Moderate Income Residents

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Ameresco and Neighborhood Sun are partnering with Montgomery County to announce its first-ever community solar farm to bring renewable energy to low- and moderate-income residents. The project aims to provide clean, affordable energy to County residents by transforming the Oaks Landfill in Gaithersburg into a solar site and opening up many job positions. Through the project’s subscription launch on November 15, eligible Pepco customers can benefit from receiving at least 25% savings on their electricity bill. Read more about the project here and subscribe to the Oaks Landfill project here.

Ways to Use Fall Leaves

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As fall comes to an end, most of the leaves on the trees have fallen off. With so many leaves on the ground, one may wonder the best way to deal with them. This article dives into five ways to handle all of your fallen leaves including using leaves as mulch and compositing them!

My First Year with Solar PV – The Silverman Family’s Experience Going Solar

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This blog post shares one family’s experience one year after their solar photovoltaic (PV) system was installedThis article shares useful information about what goes into the transition to solar, along with details on purchasing, installing, and using the rooftop solar system through the Montgomery County Solar Co-op. Read the blog post here to learn more about the Silverman family’s experience! 

Westfield Montgomery Mall and MCPS Partner in Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Program

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DEP’s Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Partnership Program, the only program of its kind in the State of Maryland and the metropolitan Washington region, continues to expand. On November 18, DEP welcomed Westfield Montgomery Mall and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as its newest partners in the program. Launched in May 2020, the program met a major milestone recently as it surpassed 625,000 pounds of food scraps collected and recycled to date. Learn more about the Food Scraps Recycling Program here.

Public Invited to Stream Restoration Webinar Series

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Montgomery County has created a webinar series to discuss stream restoration and various aspects of the County’s restoration program, the techniques used in practice, and future planning efforts. The first session was a listening session on November 17, and three more sessions will be conducted in the new year. Check out the article here for the schedule and more information.

Interview with County Climate Leader Doug Weisburger

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Doug Weisburger, a member of the County’s Climate Team, talks about his experience on the team, recent progress, and projects that he’s currently working on to meet climate and racial equity goals. This article outlines how Montgomery County has recently addressed action toward climate change, his experience working with the Climate Team, and how to increase community engagement on climate resilience issuesRead more here.

Green Jobs Board

Job Opportunities

If you are looking for open positions in climate and sustainability related fields, check out DEP’s Green Jobs Portal! New listings include positions with Montgomery County DEPthe National Wildlife FederationSolar United Neighbors, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, and many more! 

Climate News Round-Up


To Read: Regional Climate News 

Introducing Montgomery Energy Connection’s Youth Energy Stars Program! (My Green Montgomery) 

How Deep is Your Green (DEP Quiz) 

Maryland to Add Nine Community Solar Projects (Smart Energy Decisions) 

Waste Reduction Tips and Recycling Reminders for the Holidays and Beyond (Montgomery County) 

Montgomery County Encourages Residents to Shop Local (Montgomery County) 

Montgomery County Executive Announces Additional American Rescue Plan Act Funding to Support COVID Recovery, Relief, and Outreach Efforts (Montgomery County Press Release) 

To Read: National/International Climate News 

Longer Power Outages Caused by Extreme Weather Bring Unfortunate Events to Americans (The Washington Post) 

Tracking Biden’s Environmental Actions (The Washington Post) 

Brazil’s Amazon Hit by Worst Deforestation Since 2006 (The Washington Post 

Biden Heads for Glasglow Climate Talks with High Ambitions, but Minus the Full Slate oClimate Policies He’d Hoped (Inside Climate News 

US Supreme Court to Hear Bid to Curb Federal Power to Limit Carbon Emissions (Reuters 

US School Buses May Never Be the Same Thanks to Biden’s Infrastructure Plan (Time 

The World’s Top Carbon Emitters Now All Have Net Zero Pledges. Most of Them Are Too Vague (Time 

To Listen 

Designing the World’s First Passive House Car Dealership with Andrew Peel (Buildings + Beyond Podcast) 

How to Save a Planet Podcast Episodes (Gimlet Media) 

Fighting For Environmental Fairness in San Antonio, with Char Miller (Resources Radio) 

The Last Straw: Assessing Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics, with Shelie Miller (Resources Radio) 

Planning for the Unknown: Climate Science and Extreme Scenarios (Spark by T&D World 

To Watch 

Is Mass Timber the Building Material of the Future? (PBS) 

Seaspiracy (Netflix) 

Our Planet (Netflix 

Dear World Leaders, These Are Our Climate Demands (Global Livestream Ted) 

The Science of Extreme Weather and How to Reduce the Harm (Global Livestream Ted) 

An Action Plan for Solving the Climate Crisis (Summit Ted 

Upcoming Events

December 1 - 14 | Webinar Series 
Next City - Solutions of the Year 

December 8-9 | In-person Event & Virtual   
Grid Infrastructure: The Platform For Decarbonization  

December 8 | In-person Event 
Eco Evenings - The Holiday Edition 

January 5 | Virtual Event 
Ask an EV Owner 

January 11 - 13 | Online Conference 
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